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Picture this : how pictures work

Bang, Molly, author.

741.642 BANG

Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas--about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story--remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991,Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

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Heft

Moore, Liz, 1983-

FIC MOORE

Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career--if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel's mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur's. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene's unexpected phone call to Arthur--a plea for help--that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel's own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken's The Giant's House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

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Quiet neighbors : a novel

McPherson, Catriona, 1965- author.

FIC MCPHERS

Jude has fled London, returning to a small Scottish town where she had discovered Lowland Glen Books during a summer vacation with her husband. Having been abandoned by her spouse for another woman, Jude desperately seeks isolation to repair her broken heart. Lowell Glen, the owner of the bookstore and many other properties in Wigtown, offers Jude a job cataloging and organizing the shop, as well as a house, the tiny grave digger's cottage near the old-town cemetery. Jude is easily drawn into village life, although residents ask few questions. When Lowell's purported daughter turns up pregnant, things begin to unravel, causing Jude's secrets and the shopkeeper's past to collide. (Library Journal)

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My name is Lucy Barton

Strout, Elizabeth.

CD FIC STROUT

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lay the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

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Food : a love story

Gaffigan, Jim.

818.602 GAFFIGA

"In his latest book, Gaffigan waxes downright poetic about beef, barbecue, Chinese takeout and a smorgasbord of other gastronomic delights that no overweight man his age and girth can resist. The author's passion for deliciously trashy food manifests itself in a mouthwatering map of the United States that gleefully replaces red and blue states with much more representational porterhouse steaks and ribs...The author seasons each carton of comedy goodness with all the right seasonings: a dash of domesticity here and a pinch of zesty dialogue there. In freely exploring his ardor for all things fried, baked and sugary, Gaffigan somehow manages to work "clean" without ever becoming sickeningly saccharine. Laughs served up just right on every page." (Kirkus review)

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Ghost summer : stories

Due, Tananarive, 1966- author.

FIC DUE

In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories.

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The Monstrous

FIC MONSTRO

Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there--and much closer than it appears.

Also available through Overdrive.

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Another

Ayatsuji, Yukito, 1960- author.

FIC AYATSUJ

In the spring of 1998, Koichi Sakakibara transfers into Class 3-3 at Yomiyama North Middle School. But little does he know...his new class has a horrible secret. When he takes his seat in class for the first day of school, Koichi is unsettled by his fearful classmates. Despite this atmosphere and warnings from fellow students, Koichi is drawn to the beautiful, distant Mei Misaki, another classmate. But the closer he tries to get to her, the more mysterious she and their class become. And when a fellow student dies a disturbing death - the first of a long chain of deaths - Koichi seeks to learn the truth behind the curse of Class 3-3. But can he get answers before the curse kills him?

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Possessed : the infamous Texas stiletto murder

Casey, Kathryn, author.

364.1523 CASEY

A WALKING NIGHTMARE--IN SIZE-NINE STILETTOS . . . The officer responding to a 911 call at one of Houston's hippest high-rises expected the worst. After all, domestic violence situations can be unpredictable. But nothing could've prepared him for what he found: a beautiful woman drenched in blood . . . an older man lying dead on the floor . . . and a cobalt blue suede stiletto with tufts of white hair stuck to its five-and-a-half-inch heel. With her stunning looks, magnetic personality, and erratic behavior, Ana Trujillo had a notorious reputation on the downtown Houston scene. She spoke often of occult powers, though few knew how deeply she believed such boasts. Stefan Andersson was a gentle soul, a Swedish transplant with a good career and trusted friends, who was desperate to find someone special. Theirs is a story of obsession, madness, and tragedy. Because once Stefan fell head over heels for Ana, he was under her control--and he didn't have a chance in hell.

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Diary of a haunting : possession

Verano, M., author.

TEEN VERANO

"The mixed-media diary of a girl whose strange illness, which doctors cannot seem to crack, may have its origins in something dark and ancient--an entity that takes pleasure in controlling her mind, and her body."

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The girl from the well

Chupeco, Rin.

TEEN CHUPECO

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Also available through Overdrive.

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Certain dark things

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia, author.

FIC MORENO

Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and decides to let him stick around. But Atl's problems, Nick and Rodrigo, have come to find her. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community. Atl has to get out before Mexico City is upended, and her with it.

Also available through Overdrive.

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The demonists

Sniegoski, Tom, author.

FIC SNIEGOS

There is more to our world than meets the eye--darker things, crueler things. Exorcist John Fogg and his wife, psychic medium Theodora Knight, know what lurks in the shadows. But even they're not prepared for the worst Hell has to offer... It was supposed to be a simple exorcism, a publicity stunt to firmly establish John and Theodora's thriving paranormal investigation empire in the public eye. But something went wrong, leading to an on-air massacre that unleashed a malicious host of demons and left Theodora catatonic, possessed by countless spirits. John sets out on a desperate quest to find a cure for his wife, but his obsession brings him face-to-face with an even more terrifying problem: Theodora's possession is only one piece of a deadly plot that is threatening the entire world. Because an ancient evil is about to make Earth its battlefield--and without John and Theodora's intervention, there is no chance for salvation...

Also available through Overdrive.

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Revenge : eleven dark tales

Ogawa, Yōko, 1962-

FIC OGAWA

Sinister forces collide---and unite a host of desperate characters---in this eerie cycle of interwoven tales from Yoko Ogawa, the critically acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor---who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders---their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web. Yoko Ogawa's Revenge is a master class in the macabre that will haunt you to the last page. An NPR Best Book of 2013.

Also available through Overdrive.

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Within these walls : a novel

Ahlborn, Ania, author.

FIC AHLBORN

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed-up true-crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback, one more shot at the bestselling success he once enjoyed. His chance comes when he's promised exclusive access to death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the notorious cult leader and mass murderer who's ready to break his silence after 30 years, and who contacted Lucas personally from his maximum-security cell. With nothing less to lose, Lucas leaves New York to live in and work from the scene of the crime: a split-level farmhouse on a gray sanded beach in Washington State whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb's diviners-- runaways who were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love.There, Lucas sets out to capture the real story of the departed faithful. Except that he's not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life and within these walls, they're far from dead.

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The after party : a novel

DiSclafani, Anton, author.

CD FIC DISCLAF

This is the story of a group of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all. Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1957 Houston social scene. Best friends with Joan since pre-school, Cece Buchanan is either Joan's chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on the night and whom you ask. When Joan starts to drift out of reach and beyond the borders of their confined world the summer they are twenty-five, Cece considers it her responsibility to bring her back to the fold, for better or for worse.

This title is also available in book, large-print, and OverDrive eAudio and eBook formats.

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All the bright places

Niven, Jennifer.

TEEN CD FIC NIVEN

When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the teetering on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

This title is also available in book, and OverDrive eAudio and eBook formats.

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Elizabeth is missing

Healey, Emma, 1985- author.

CD FIC HEALEY

Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger. Armed with an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to save her friend. The clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished after World War II. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

This title is also available in book, and OverDrive eAudio and eBook formats.

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Amazing fantastic incredible : a marvelous memoir

Lee, Stan, 1922-

BIO LEE LEE

What is the best way for Stan Lee, comic book legend and co-creator of Spider-Man and the X-Men (and many more!), to share his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be? With a graphic memoir, of course!

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

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Almost Live! : the show that wouldn't die

Johnston, Bryan, author.

791.4572 JOHNSTO

The success of Almost Live! is ridiculous. A two-bit comedy show, no budget, dropped into a black hole of a time slot; it loses its host, goes through a schedule and format change, airs sketches that almost get the station sued and the show canceled. Oh, and for good measure a cast member dies on set. In any sane universe these television experiences would be filed under How to ensure unmitigated failure. But in the bizarre world of Almost Live! apparently normal reality doesn't exist. Really a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a true Seattleite!

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Advanced style : older & wiser

Cohen, Ari Seth.

746.9208 COHEN

This follow-up to the bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. Similar in format to the original, with dozens of portraits from cities all over the world, this book also features 22 short essays by some of the portrait subjects, distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of Cohen's favorite Advanced Style ladies.

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American housewife : stories

Ellis, Helen, author.

FIC ELLIS

Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, the twelve irresistible stories in American Housewife are an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

This title is also available in audiobook, and OverDrive eAuduio and eBook formats.

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Attachments

Rowell, Rainbow.

FIC ROWELL

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. Or is it? This story is about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself, even it is someone you have never met.

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

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The gods of Gotham

Faye, Lyndsay.

FIC FAYE

Local author Lyndsay Faye immerses us in the world of Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant who has just joined the newly formed NYPD. His first big case: investigating the murder of a 12-year-old Irish boy. This is the first in the Gods of Gotham series.

This title is also available in audiobook and OverDrive eBook formats.

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Lily and the octopus

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author.

FIC ROWLEY

Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachshund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with the "octopus" attached to Lily's head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily's lethal cranial tumor. As Lily's condition worsens, Teddy faces off with the "octopus", engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, funny and ardent tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.

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